We are all living in a post-hypnotic state, induced in early infancy.
Hypnosis is a totally natural phenomenon, which we experience, every day of our lives, whether we consciously realize it or not.
The conscious mind doesn’t even emerge until we’re about 5-7 years of age, so young children, are learning and developing in a hypnotic state.
Day-dreaming and pretending are common activities, for young children.
They are learning and exploring the mind while in a trance-like state enjoying the feelings generated by unfiltered imagination.
There are five brainwave frequencies measured by an EEG, however only four brainwave patterns relate to the state of hypnosis.
- Beta – engaged and focussed state – 15 to 40 cycles per second
- Alpha – restful state – 9 to 14 cycles per second
- Theta – deeper hypnotic state (similar to dream cycle of sleep) – 4 to 8 cycles per second
- Delta – deepest state of hypnosis (similar to deep, dreamless sleep) – 1 to 4 cycles per second
In hypnosis, a person experiencing a lower brainwave frequency state, will have
- decreased conscious mind activity
- increased subconscious receptiveness.
The left hemisphere of the cerebral cortex is the logical control center of the brain, it operates on deduction, reasoning and convention. The right hemisphere, controls imagination and creativity.
During hypnosis subjects show reduced activity in the left hemisphere of the cerebral cortex, while activity in the right hemisphere often increased. A decrease in left-hemisphere activity during hypnosis indicates the conscious mind influence is reduced. An increase in right-brain activity indicates that the creative, impulsive subconscious mind is taking control.
This supports the belief that hypnotism opens up the subconscious mind in hypnosis.
The subconscious mind controls the levels and release of the mind chemicals
These chemicals trigger different emotional activities within the four levels of hypnosis.
When a person is hypnotized, the deeper they are in hypnosis, the closer they are to their emotions and their subconscious mind.
While some people still consider hypnotherapy to be an alternative medicine, it has actually been used for far longer than any kind of conventional medicine.
Hypnosis was first used by the ancient Egyptians and Greeks over 3000 years ago.
The word hypnosis comes from the Greek God, Hypnos.
In Roman mythology, the God of sleep is Somnus.
State of Physical Relaxation and Focussed Concentration
Hypnosis is not an ‘altered’ state of consciousness, which are often derived from illicit substances or when hallicinating.
Hypnosis is a natural state of physical relaxation and focused concentration, similar to meditation which tends to shift awareness in the direction of sleep, without actually falling asleep. Each night you pass through this state just before you fall asleep.